New Membership Fosters Development of Digital Librarianship

Aug. 28, 2014

This summer, the Baylor Libraries joined the Digital Library Federation, a group of 100 peer institutions from across the nation engaged in the developing practice of digital librarianship. The Federation hosts an annual conference, provides structure for a series of working groups and offers educational opportunities for libraries and archives interested in developing their digital strategies. The DLF is part of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), which aims to improve the learning environments with libraries and institutions of higher education.

The Baylor Libraries are already heavily invested in digital scholarship resources.

  • 80% of our collections budget affords digitized resources.

  • Our Digital Projects Group preserves and provides access.

  • Our data group works with faculty to leverage clusters and programming for data assessment and research processing.

This new partnership with peer research institutions will help us to develop these initiatives and create new ones in collaboration with others exploring this new horizon within higher education.

“Organizations like the DLF enable the Baylor Libraries’ faculty and staff to stay current with best practices in the field, and to apply that knowledge to the resources and services we offer Baylor faculty and students,” Jeff Steely, associate dean of libraries, said.